Improving Oral Health With Your Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic_Dentist When a person starts researching which cosmetic dentist they might visit, their primary objective may be to discuss an appearance-enhancing procedure such as porcelain veneers, a crown, or a dental implant. And while a cosmetic dentist can certainly help you with a “smile makeover” that will boost your self-confidence, they are also committed to helping you maintain and improve your oral health.

Here’s a short guide to how the most common cosmetic dental procedures can also improve the health of your teeth and gums.

Porcelain veneers

  • Veneers can help resolve minor spacing and shape issues with your teeth. This means that they can eliminate some places in your mouth where it is hard to clean between the teeth, which will help combat tooth decay and gum disease.
  • A dentist will only remove a very thin layer of enamel to place veneers, so you retain the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure.


  • Crowns offer far more protection to a tooth than a veneer – they cover the entire tooth, not just the front surface.
  • It’s possible to fix major shape issues with a tooth when installing a crown, which can improve your ability to clean between your teeth.
  • If the tooth receiving the crown is suffering from tooth decay, the crown will help strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are becoming the treatment of choice when a patient has teeth that are too decayed or damaged to save.
  • Implants completely replace infected or damaged teeth, while preventing resorption and bone loss in the jaw.
  • Placing a dental implant results many times in a better treatment outcome overall than treating an ailing tooth with root canals, a tooth-supported dental bridge, or dentures.

“While your cosmetic dentist wants to help you beautify your smile, he or she will also seek to use the porcelain veneers, a crown or a dental implant to improve your oral health. The long-term sustainability of your teeth and gums is their top priority,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix.



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